8:30 am to 5 pm
UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Climate change is the greatest threat to health of this century. It is impacting health in every country today and is projected to reverse half a century of progress on global health. Global action is urgent and must be accelerated to avoid potentially catastrophic levels of global warming.
The health sector has a vital role to play – as an important voice advocating for climate action and as a key sector that must reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change poses a major threat to health, and health systems and professionals are on the front lines dealing with the human impacts of climate change now. Climate solutions can offer significant opportunities to address major health challenges, from global health inequities to the non-communicable disease epidemic.
Integrating health sector perspectives in climate policy at all levels of government, and the health voice in the public climate debate, is essential. A fully mobilized health sector will be a powerful force for climate action.
The Global Climate and Health Forum will bring together 250 leaders from national and local governments, health systems, public health agencies, civil society, and international health organizations to build the community of climate and health professionals, share global success stories of health action for climate, and generate momentum and commitments for action on climate and health.
The Forum, an affiliate event of the Global Climate Action Summit, is organized by the Global Climate and Health Alliance, the Global Health Group at UCSF's Institute for Global Health Sciences, Health Care Without Harm, and the US Climate and Health Alliance.